At 14, I was an average kid living in Brooklyn. I walked into a community center looking for a part-time job and was hired by an organization offering a program where teens helped younger kids do their homework and build reading skills. I made many connections, and over time was offered the opportunity to work on a pilot program for autistic children.
While the work was challenging, I was fueled by the enthusiasm of both the children and their parents. The children respondedto the program in positive ways, and literally “lit up” when they came to class. Their parents were supportive and eager to find new programs to help them fulfill the needs of their children.
When my brother Daniel was diagnosed with autism, his radiant joy fueled my desire to create programs which would help children just like him. Today, at 16, he remains my inspiration. Daniel is a bright, social, caring young man, who has overcome many of his obstacles with the guidance and determination of my family and the support of dedicated professionals.
While working with Daniel, I was able to develop innovative and effective exercises for children with special needs. He remains the driving force behind the programs and the foundation of the organization that is now Uniqkid. Our holistic mission is to provide inclusive programs and services to the special needs individuals and ease their integration into mainstream society. Will ease both youth and their families that face innumerable challenges on a daily basis.
At Uniqkid, our objective is to open a center in Brooklyn. We will provide integrated programs to the special needs community and a supportive and loving environment for their families. Until our center opens, Uniqkid is offering some of our programs at off-site locations. Please contact our office for more information. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to provide a platformof services and a “true public voice” to help children and their families live a full and happy life.
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Anton is a Co-Founder of the Uniqkid organization and is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Non-Profit Management. He has worked with the special needs population in various capacities for more than 10 years. Anton’s work experience in the private sector includes sales, customer relations, marketing and community outreach.
At Uniqkid, Anton has drawn on his personal relationship and experience with his brother Daniel, who is on the spectrum, to create innovative programs and life strategies. This organization represents his life’s mission, which is to provide quality programs to children and youth. Utilizing his extensive professional network, Anton will advance the mission of Uniqkid. His willingness to roll up his sleeves and drive toward success ensures the success of this organization.
Karina is a Co-Founder of the Uniqkid organization and holds a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is the Board Chair for Uniqkid, Inc., and has extensive experience working with special needs individuals using sensory integration techniques and innovative therapeutic programming.
At Uniqkid, she has developed key operational strategies which include the implementation of a comprehensive staff training manual, work protocols and an outreach campaign. Karina has worked at a senior management level for 10 years. As a Co-Founder and COO of Uniqkid, she will work towards building self-empowerment programs to help individuals strive to achieve the goal of living independently.
Alexander is the General Counsel for Uniqkid, and a member of the Board of Directors. He graduated from New York Law School in 2008 and was admitted to the Bar in 2009. At Uniqkid, Alexander serves as an advisor for the development and funding process of the organization. He owns a private practice law firm and dedicates some of his time to pro bono non-profit formation and compliance.
Galina is the nutritional guide for the children and the families enrolled in Uniqkid’s Sport and fitness programs. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport College and has worked in pediatrics. Dr. Mironova has completed a training program, working with autistic children and is an active contributor to the program development at Uniqkid, Inc.
Yevgeny is the behavior and communication specialist who will work closely with staff and families to implement communication strategies in accordance with program guidelines. He holds a Master’s degree from Long Island University and has an extensive background working with special needs population and language disorders in all age categories.
Uniqkid, Inc. is a Brooklyn based non-profit organization dedicated to providing integrated programming to the special needs community and their families. The organization was co-founded in December 2013, by Anton Revich and Karina Burman, both of whom have many years of direct work experience with youth on the autistic spectrum.
The organization’s founding partners have developed specialized programs which are multi-tiered and synergistic. Their programs are virtually connected through digital tracking and this feature allows the staff to monitor progress and generate reports. When funding is complete, the center will feature a specialized gym, interactive rooms designed to improve fine and gross motor skills and host recreational programs. In an effort to provide support for families, the organization will offer additional services and training for parents. These sessions will include, but are not limited to, guest speakers, informational meetings, legal consults, and recommended guidelines from nutritionists, psychologists and therapists.
At Uniqkid our programs are designed to benefit all special needs children. More often than not, children with special needs are defined by what they cannot do. Our programs help children, youth and young adults develop the skills they need for future success. At Uniqkid, we offer interactive programming which utilizes arts and science, academics, sports and holistic alternatives.
Uniqkid is a public charity who's mission is to provide quality social skills programs to the special needs community that complement their educational and therapeutic programs. We emphasize what a child CAN DO, our goal is to engage youth with personalized programming to help them reach their maximum potential. We help individuals in our community make connections, build learning skills, and provide a nurturing, safe environment, where everyone learns in their own way. Our mission is to engage everyone who walks through our doors by targeting realistic concerns and needs. We aim to apply our personalized programming goals to help everyone – be it child, teen, or young adult – reach their highest individual potential.
Construct-a-kid is a recreational program for youth with special needs. The program increases social competence, uses skill building techniques and develops functional interests. Staff will utilize imitation, external rewards, and intrinsic motivation to improve compliance and promote communication. In this social skills program, youth will have opportunity to engage in skill building techniques at their developmental age level.
Promotes the most functional use of a child’s hands and strengthens wrists and fingers. It encourages participants to accurately and effectively use their hands for essential skills of manipulation and coordination. These fine motor activities integrate sensory actions with daily living, and provide participants with the tools they need to accomplish more functional tasks. Participants are encouraged to enjoy everyday fun activities such as clay cutting, drawing, painting, creating crafts, etc.
A state-of-the-art fitness center specially designed for children with special needs. This fitness gym will focus on strength, cardio, and social interaction based on the natural movement of the body. Fit-Tastic is an empowering health and fitness program utilizing “exergamefitness” (exercise, games and fitness), that specifically targets attention, strength and coordination.
Participants will interact with a variety of pets in a structured, comfortable setting. In recent years, research has shown that animal-assisted interaction can help children increase attention span, enhance thinking skills, speed up the learning process and help them to retain information for a longer period of time. By interacting with our special pet pals, children remain calm for longer periods of time and this comfort level allows them to improve their overall communication and social skills. Developing a synergistic relationship with our pets encourages a child’s increased social interaction with peers.
This is a stand-alone event planning service provided through UniqKid. This service helps families plan special events for their children with special needs. This fee based service decreases the stress and worries many families have when planning special events. Children with special needs may have a hard time adjusting to the music, have negative reactions to colors, or may need to request special menus. Our staff can custom fit the child's needs and abilities to the special event. This program is appropriate for all age groups.
Uniqkids is currently applying for grants and funding through its network of business affiliates and private donations. During the fund raising process, Uniqkid, Inc. is operating programs in off-site locations in the five boroughs.
At launch, the organization will offer the following programs:
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